Has Cersei Lannister Hinted to Her Own Demise?
The old saying goes “A Lannister always pays his debts”, but when it comes to the Iron Bank, is this really true? We’ve heard this catch phrase from the Lannisters repeatedly over the entire run of the Game of Thrones series, especially from the patriarch of the family, Tywin Lannister. However, Tywin understood how to use certain debts to his advantage, and it seems his daughter Cersei Lannister, now atop the Iron Throne, does not.
With Cersei working towards paying off the Iron Throne’s debt, one sharp Reddit User (FelatioNelson, great name by the way) posted this very reasonable theory:
We have seen Cersei’s Modus Operandi over and over again. She makes a short term play that costs her in the long run.
Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank said some very revealing things this episode. One was that the Bank does not Bet on winners and losers, it instead invests in the chosen victor. He also says the bank will support the Iron Throne once their debt is paid, not necessarily the current Queen, but whoever is on the throne. Second he appears to be flattering her by saying Tywin never paid his debt in full and she is really outshining her father by doing so.
This is her big mistake, Tywin was no fool and he knew that while the Lannisters were in debt to the Bank the Bank had a vested interest in their success. By paying the debt in full Cersei has allowed Tycho to wash his hands of the Lannisters altogether. After what we saw on the battlefield we have a good idea whose position is strongest and who the Bank would like to back. This clearly contributes to the dire situation in Kings Landing with no grain and limited supplies. She will not Abdicate, instead force the dragons to destroy the city at which point the Kingslayer will be the Valonqar most assume he will be. The irony of this theory is in this case the Lannisters are undone by paying their debt.
So is Cersei really misunderstanding her old family’s credo to the point it will spell her downfall? Nothing is for certain, but as the wealthy American Jean Paul Getty once said “When you owe the bank a million dollars, that’s your problem. When you owe the bank a billion, that’s the bank’s problem”.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see how things unfold.
Want more Game of Thrones content? Check out our Top 15 Game of Thrones Memes You Probably Haven’t Seen. We’re sure you’ll love them!